Newborns and the ER

As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month.  I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn!  And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books.  Check it out here. So, with that said, here’s Jordyn: First of all, I’d like to thank Erin for hosting me on her blog. My goal is to be of service to you and help educate, offer insight, and support those issues that surround your kids. It’s those issues you talk to your girlfriend about and would definitely ask that girlfriend who is a nurse working in pediatrics. I am a mother of two girls age 7 and 9 so I understand that creeping anxiety that mother’s get when their child is ill. I’ve worked as a registered nurse in the field of pediatrics for 15 of my 18 years in nursing. Kids are the best population, in my opinion, to work with. I spent five of those years in the pediatric ICU and the last ten working in the urgent care/emergency care arena. These posts are for educational purposes. I am a proponent of regular visits to the pediatrician and immunizations....

Sibling Relationships

Overheard from upstairs:  “Joey, if you let me come in and play Star Wars with you, I’ll use all of the money in my piggy bank to buy you a new rocket ship next time we go to Target.” “Kate, I’m tired.  Go play princess tea party in your room.” “Joey, I promise I’ll clean up your entire room when we’re done…” “Kaaaa-ate.  I said no.” My heart broke.  Poor Kate.  She has never known life apart from her big brother—her playmate and confidant—and suddenly, he’s away at school every day and she’s here.   She really misses him. Then, when he gets home, he’s tired from a long day—a day where he’s been learning and growing and making friends.  He just wants some downtime.  And she, on the other hand, just wants to play with him. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to fix it.  I can’t force Joey to play with her—especially when he’s worn out and tired.  But I also can’t just ignore the fact that I have a little girl who desperately wants to be around her brother I’ve been praying about this—and while I haven’t come up with a solution, I have come to one important realization:  My kid’s sibling relationship is essential, and, one of my jobs as their mother has to be to help them preserve it.  Because they love and need each other and I cannot let a life change like my son starting school get in the way of that. Yesterday, when my son got home from school, I had Kate help me make him a special snack (wild animal trail mix...

Some Exciting Blogging News

I was going to wait until Wednesday to share this, but I just can’t wait. My friend, fellow author and ER Nurse Jordyn Redwood, is going to start doing a twice-monthly guest post on my blog.  And— get this– in her posts, she’s going to answer your medical-related questions about your kids.  How cool is that?  I’m calling it “The Christian Mama’s Guide to Keeping Your Kids Healthy Without Spending a Billion Dollars on ER Co-Pays” There are so many times something happens and I’m left wondering what to do, how to respond and whether I should get medical help or just give my kid some Tylenol.  Jordyn is going to help us clear all that up. Anyway, her first post on Wednesday is going to be about whether you should take your newborn outside for the first two months– which, I  probably should have read four years ago when I decided it would be a good idea to take Kate to church when she was six days old and then proceeded to spend the next two weeks in the Children’s hospital.  Anyhoo… So, make sure to come back on Wednesday to read Jordyn’s first post.  In the meantime, check out her amazing blog, Redwood’s Medical Edge where she helps novelists make sure their medical-related scenes and plots are medically accurate.  Fascinating, right? See you Tuesday… and then again on Wednesday! P.S.  If you have a question for Jordyn, post it here and I’ll send it to...

Kindergarten Takeaway #1

Kindergarten drop-off.  Talk about heart-wrenching. I actually have tears streaming down my face right now as I write about it. Yesterday, on the first day of school, they had parents drop their kids off in the classroom and help them get situated.  I handled that with poise–at least until I hopped in the car and started blubbering. But today, they asked us not to take our kids directly to the classroom.  They wanted to avoid the chaos of a thousand kids and all of their parents in the school– and wanted kids to learn how to get to their classrooms on their own–which meant that I had to pull up in front of the school and drop off my baby.  Then I had to pull away and trust that Joey could find his own way into the school and find his class in the cafeteria.  He was on his own. This was a huge step.  For him and for me.  I was terrified.  What if he got lost?  Or what if some big fifth grader picked on him?  Or what if he couldn’t find his way?   And he was a little nervous, too.  The whole way there, we rehearsed what he needed to do:  step out of the car, walk into the building, head straight ahead to the cafeteria and find his teacher next to the green pot with the caterpillar on it.  If he got lost, he had to find either a teacher or one of the fifth graders wearing an orange vest– honorary “safety patrol” members whose job it was to help kids figure it out. Then,...

Word Serve Water Cooler

Fun fact: all of the authors and clients at my literary agency (Word Serve Literary) put together a new blog. It’s called “The Word Serve Water Cooler” and it’s superawesome. And, fun fact #2: I wrote today’s post. So head over to find out why I’m nothing like Jenny...
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